Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Founding Fathers posts

A few days ago I started a series on our Founding Fathers and since then I've gotten a couple of emails asking questions about some of them.

I can't answer those questions. I am not schooled in the Constitution or law in any, way shape or form, not even home schooled. I'm in the process of doing that with the Constitution now and it looks like it's gonna be a l-o-n-g fucking process. Oh well, if I'm gonna talk shit I better be able to back my mouth up.
I really never gave the Constitution a lot of attention (more than most folks, less than others) before but events over the past 3 or 4 years have piqued (fancy word - sorry) my interest in our Nations' beginnings and the men that stepped off for Freedom. Sure, I took US Government and History in high school and I've read a little mostly in the form of overall period history, but I'm really surprised at what I didn't know.
Anyways, a few weeks ago I re-read a book called "The Rifleman" by John Brick that I had read as a kid, and Miss Lisa brought me home a copy of Gingrich's "To Try Men's Souls", both of them great books. Naturally after reading these I started researching some of the people mentioned in the books which got me deeper and deeper. Next thing I know, I'm reading about fuckers I never heard of.

But I came up with an idea for posts: As long as I'm reading this and learning that, why not post what I find and let you folks learn about them too? We can learn together, kind of like a singalong.
Obviously I can't post everything I read about any particular person but I try to find the most clear and concise article I can and post that for you.
I'll do them every few days, no set schedule or particular order, until I run out of them.
But one thing I've been finding out from Day 1 is that the image a lot of us have of them being wise men that magically thought this shit up and then signed off on it and then had a big party before they went and killed indians is just a load of shit.
I mean, I knew they were pretty diverse and had disagreements but man, those motherfuckers argued and bitched and whined and threw hissy fits just like any modern day politicians. They were so fucking democratic they couldn't get a damned thing done. Northern statesmen wanted this, Southern statesmen wanted that, the Central statesmen didn't want either and Virginia said Fuck all y'all, we ain't rollin' with none of you. It took them years to all get their shit together, draft the Constitution and then sign it off before they could have a big party and  go kill indians.
And their personal lives for the most part weren't all that different than the politicians of today. Some of 'em were downright scoundrels.

But there's one glaring difference between these men, our Founding Fathers, and the politicians of today.
The Fathers were men of insight, men with a vision. They came together because they wanted a government that was for the People instead of one that enslaved them - not because they wanted to further their own interests or advance a career. They wanted Liberty by God and they all sacrificed for it. It's up to us to keep it.